June 14 2021

Cow Bass Chasing Live Pogie on Drone

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So far this season I've found myself fishing a lot using live pogies for bait. Whether caught via a snag hook or cast net, live pogies have been the ticket to catching bass of up to around 45 inches.

Last week on Thursday June 10th the wind was blowing 25mph and the sun glare was challenging, but I was able to capture some cool drone footage of 30-40 plus inch striped bass chasing a live pogie. 

Please click play below to watch!

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Of course this year in Massachusetts a circle hook must be used when fishing live pogies for striped bass. So far this season we've had success using size 7/0 and 8/0 in-line circle hooks from Trokar.

We've been hooking the pogies through the nostrils, and have even sometimes bridled the pogies through the nostrils.

When fishing with live pogies the simplest method is to just drift with the current. However, in this video we were slow trolling the pogies at between 1 and 2 miles per hour.

This footage was captured during one of our group fishing trips with captain Cullen of Cape Star Charters. If you're interested in chartering with Cullen, then you can visit his website to learn more.

Best of luck and stay safe if you make it out fishing this week.

Tight lines! ?

About the author 

Ryan Collins

I'm fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I've been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!


  • As you mentioned Ryan, drifting a live Pogie is easier. I would think that it would also appear more natural than trolling. In the video we see that even using live bait will cause an interested bass to follow but not eat if it appears unnatural. Pogie schools seem to drift with the current and splash around but usually don’t swim the way or at the speed of the trolled one in the video. Your videos give great insight into predator and prey behavior. Very educational! Thank You!

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